Most Young Salaried Workers Want Spouses to Have Jobs

  • By Jeon Soo-yong

    November 20, 2017 12:07

    More than eight out of 10 office workers want their spouses to have jobs, and seven out of 10 young married workers are part of double-income families.

    A poll by employment portal Job Korea of 964 salaried workers in their 20s and 30s found that 85.4 percent of respondents want their spouse to have a job.

    Some 70.9 percent of married respondents said they are part of a dual-income family, and 34.9 percent who said they would be happy to live on a single income nevertheless live on two. Among women, 90 percent of married ones favored double incomes, compared to 83.5 percent of single women.

    Some 56.6 percent of married couples cited increased earnings as the reason why they want both partners to work, 54.1 percent equal division of financial responsibilities, 37.7 percent the need to save up for tough times, 29.5 percent respect for each other's success and 29.4 percent self-realization.

    Asked what the ideal double salary per year would be, couples cited W67.58 million, and married men said W71.6 million (US$1=W1,100). Single men said W68.5 million, single women W67.02 million and married women W65.1 million.

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